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Join Peace Circle For Deeper Listening On Racial Understanding Tuesday event, first in a series, will focus on #BlackLivesMatter topic


By Wytress Richardson, Ed.D., and Mary Kelly, M.A., CAS

All are welcome to participate in the first in a series of PEACE CIRCLE events, which will take place at the Chicago Campus on Tuesday, March 24th from 6-8 pm.

The purpose of this series is to convene a diverse group of people (NLU students, alumni, and our community) for honest and respectful dialog about the Black Lives Matter Movement (racial understanding) . Trained circle-keepers will facilitate several intimate, interracial and inter-generational peace circle style conversations to foster deeper listening, understanding and respect, all precursors to real justice.
Peace Circles were inspired by both Native American and African Traditions of sharing dialogue in a circle to build unity.

RSVPs are requested but last-minute attendees are welcome.

These conversations empower further conversation outside of the circle, which leads to action. Everyone brings wisdom to a circle – -and to the world. These circle are happening in community organizations and in a variety of Kinship initiatives around the city and country and they are gaining life and momentum. People are engaging and this is hopeful because this is ultimately about how we connect….in spirit.

Our hope is that after this dialogue, participants (Current students, alumni, NLU staff, community members) will have gained exposure to a variety of perceptions and perspectives on societal and personal issues around race, racial equality, and cultural diversity and will feel empowered to continue the conversations in their homes, workplaces, communities.

The Applied Behavioral Sciences Program is sponsoring this event, which is open to all current NLU students as well as alumni, staff and members of the surrounding community.

We would be grateful to you for considering attending this event and, if you are faculty,  encouraging your students to participate. We are also looking for circle keepers (facilitators) and if you might be interested in acting in that role, please contact Mary at mbkelly@nl.edu.

Wytress Richardson, Ed.D., is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NLU and Chair of Applied Behavioral Science and College of Professional Studies and Advancement. She is also the founder and executive director of Girls of Grace Youth Center, a non-profit dedicated to mentoring and equipping girls and young women with valuable leadership skills.

Mary Kelly, MA, CAS, is Applied Behavioral Sciences faculty at NLU. She is also the founder and director of Soul~Dance, a non-profit devoted to hosting and facilitating commmunity/ organizational/group workshops, retreats, and spiritual /vocational counseling.

Connect To Other Student Veterans At Back-To-School ‘Fall-In’ Event , Endorsed By Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Sept. 18



Enjoy burgers, a beer tent and live music, meet other military-connected students and find out about organizations which offer veterans help and resources at a “Fall In” back-to-school celebration Thursday, Sept. 18. Bring your family and drop in anytime between 2 to 8 p.m.

National Louis University is sponsoring the event at Cantigny Park, 1s151 S. Winfield Road, Wheaton, and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is lending her support. Student veterans from all Chicago-area universities, and veterans thinking about pursuing higher education, are all welcome to attend for social time, networking and mentoring. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, water and soda will be free, as is the parking; the only charge is for beer.

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National Louis University Alumni News

nlu alumni logo2National Louis University alumni are out there in the world doing great things in the workplace and in their communities. We would like to share some recent achievements from a few of our alumni. If you would like to give us an update on what you’re doing, contact Alumni Relations Director Kimberly Michaelson at kimberly.michaelson@nl.edu.

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Calling all NLU alumni: Find out how you can get involved with your alma mater

Education Conversation

NLU alumna Lois Zoller ’62 hosted a conversation series on education at her home last fall.

One of the best parts of my job is the chance to harness the energy and enthusiasm of alumni who want to give back the NLU Community. It is a special honor to mobilize individuals and groups, and to create programs that continually prove our University’s power to the world. Continue reading »

Interview with Arizona Teacher of the Year Beth Maloney ’01, ’05

National Louis University alumna Beth Maloney (B.A. Elementary Education ’01, M.Ed. Administration and Supervision ’05) was recently named the Arizona Teacher of the Year for 2014. Beth teaches 5th grade at Sunset Hills Elementary School in Surprise, AZ. Continue reading »

Who Gets a Lift from Your Gift? 30 Inspiring NLU Stories


Have you met NLU student Latesha Pike?

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Latesha Pike is a mother. She is a student. She is a woman with a goal and dreams. Continue reading »

Interview with 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year Pam Reilly ’99

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National Louis University alumna Pam Reilly (M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction ’99) was recently named the 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education. Reilly teaches second grade at Woodbury Elementary in Sandwich, Illinois. I had the opportunity to visit with Reilly and her second-grade class last week.

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